Sellafield meeting

Public Accounts Committee of the House of Commons grilling Sellafield bosses after damning report

Full Report: Sellafield clean-up costs to rise

Sellafield's senior managers have admitted that the cost of cleaning up the nuclear reprocessing site is likely to rise.

They have faced questions from MPs on the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee, who made a visit to Workington.

The committee wants to know how long it will take to deal with hazardous waste, and how much it will cost the taxpayer.

Hannah Lomas was at the meeting.

You can watch her report here:

Sellafield bosses questioned over cost of cleaning up the nuclear reprocessing site

Sellafield
Sellafield Credit: PA

The Public Accounts Committe of the House of Commons has travelled to west Cumbria to hear evidence from Sellafield bosses, following a damning report which highlighted historic safety failures and neglect at the site.

The report found the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority faces a 'considerable challenge' in taking forward decommissioning at Sellafield. The Committee are due to start hearing evidence at 2pm in Workington. It follows an on site visit to Sellafield this morning.

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Sellafield scrutinised

A Parliamentary hearing will take place at the Sellafield nuclear plant later following a damning report.

The report said there were considerable challenges that have to be overcome as the site is decommissioned and concerns were raised about safety.

The meeting will take place at the Energus building in Workington at 2pm.

It follows a report from the National Audit Office which said that owing to historic neglect, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority faces a considerable challenge in taking forward decommissioning at Sellafield.

The evidence session, which will take the form of a Parliamentary hearing, will take evidence from John Clarke, of Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, George Beveridge, of Sellafield Ltd, and Phil Wynn Owen, Acting Permanent Secretary and Mark Higson, Department of Energy and Climate Change.

"We are particularly keen to speak to the NDA because although we now see a more robust lifetime plan in place for Sellafield, we cannot say with certainty how long it will take to deal with hazardous radioactive waste at Sellafield or how much it will cost the taxpayer."

– Rt Hon Margaret Hodge, Chair of the Committee